It’s happening. It’s actually, really, honest-to-goodness happening. The next film from visionary Primer and Upstream Color director Shane Carruth isn’t just happening — it’s lined up a seriously impressive roster of talent: Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe and more have joined the lineup for the elusive and enigmatic filmmaker’s latest, meaning we won’t have to wait too much longer for a new Carruth project.
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John Wick 2 is heading into production this week (what a time to be alive!) with Keanu Reeves returning as the titular badass protagonist. Every good guy needs a bad guy to stand in his way, and this time around it’s rapper / actor Common who will be giving John Wick a tough time — and eventually getting his face annihilated by our favorite puppy-loving hero.
We’re all so permanently stoked for John Wick 2 that we’ve hardly bothered to consider basics like plot details or actors or anything besides the fact that this film is happening and Keanu Reeves is coming back. But the highly-anticipated sequel to last year’s face-melting action flick does have some specific goals in mind, liked world-expansion and character development and even more awesome fight sequences. We’ll let Reeves explain.
John Wick’s success is largely owed to the directing power of Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, the duo who used their years of experience as stunt coordinators to really amp up the action. The guys have two upcoming action films — John Wick 2 and The Coldest City — but only so much time for both, so Stahelski and Leitch have decided to divide and conquer, with each of them taking on one project instead of two.
John Wick was one of the greatest surprises of last year (a surprise only if you don’t believe in the power of Keanu Reeves), a riveting and lively action film that ticks off all the boxes: Keanu Reeves kicking ass, a cute puppy, a cool night club packed with lots of bad guys for Reeves to knock out. It was as if SNL’s Stefon were describing the ideal action movie — it had everything. The sequel officially begins shooting this fall, promising more Wick, more action, and hopefully more cute puppies.
Keanu Reeves has really established his place in contemporary cinema with roles in action films and thrillers that feel like they would have been right at home in 1999. The Keanussaince continues as Reeves has signed on to star in Rally Car, a new race car-centric action flick described as the Chinese version of The Cannonball Run.
Eli Roth has not one, but two films hitting theaters this fall — first up is The Green Inferno, his cannibal horror throwback film that was delayed by studio issues. The other is Knock Knock, a dramatic thriller starring Keanu Reeves as a married man who gets in over his head with two young women. A new trailer has arrived for the latter, promising the sort of ‘90s thriller vibe that’s become quite trendy as of late — and just the sort of thing Reeves is quite good at.
Before Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss, The Wachoswkis had some very different cast members in mind for The Matrix. The directors initially offered the roles of Neo, Morpheus and Trinity to Will Smith, Sean Connery and Janet Jackson, all of whom turned down the film. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which swallows a big, red pill with The Matrix!
The last time we saw Keanu Reeves, he was the unstoppable title character in the instant action-classic John Wick. So watching the trailer for director Eli Roth’s Knock Knock is bound to give you whiplash, as the beloved actor has never looked weaker or more vulnerable. Reeves is odd casting for an ordinary father and husband who finds himself terrorized by two insane women, but that may very well be the point. He’s the last guy we’d expect to see so thoroughly wrecked.
With the thoughtless murder of the cutest beagle puppy on the planet, a bunch of Russian mobsters awoke a slumbering giant: John Wick, played by Keanu Reeves, the world’s greatest and Keanuiest assassin. Wick, who’d retired from the hit man life to settle down with his beloved wife (who’s dead now too), destroys his tastefully decorated basement, retrieves a cache of weapons hidden under his floor, and swears revenge on the men who killed his adorable dog. That was the premise of John Wick, last year’s thoroughly satisfying action thriller from directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch.